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This is an auction for 54 by Wu Ming.

"The mid-life crisis of Cary Grant, the founding of the KGB and the Neapolitan years of mafioso Lucky Luciano are just three of the plot lines woven into this dense, playful and always surprising literary behemoth set mostly in the year of the book's title, at the height of the Cold War. Anchoring the tale with a conventional narrative is a young Bolognese man named Robespierre (Pierre), who embarks on a transcontinental odyssey to find his father, Vittorio Capponi, a Mussolini loyalist who left the Italian army to join the Communists in Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, Britain's spy agency MI6 approaches Cary Grant (who's in a career slump) with a bizarre proposal: the role of Yugoslavian leader Marshal Tito in a propaganda biopic. It seems impossible that the multitudinous names and story threads could converge, but, deliciously, they do—in Yugoslavia, where Grant meets Tito, Pierre finds his father, and Luciano's driver Steve "Cement" Zollo tangles with the KGB, which is about to pull off a big hit. The latest joint effort (after the novel Q) from Wu Ming—a collective of five Italians who named themselves "anonymous" in Mandarin—offers political commentary–cum–complicated escapism for the brainiac reader."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach read for grownups."
- a *** starred *** review in Kirkus Reviews (US)

"Enthralling. Tweaks Hitchcock and James Bond while plumbing mysteries of personal identity, national loyalty, and idealism lost and regained."
- Entertainment Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2005.

541 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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